South Charlotte

Officer honored for saving man's life

On Feb. 1, Mint Hill police saved the life of Bill Williamson when he collapsed in his front yard.

They used an automatic external defibrillator to get his heart started again.

Less than three months later, a Mint Hill Police Department AED has saved another life.

On April 22 about 11 p.m., Mint Hill police Cpl. Christopher Hunt was on a routine patrol near Hoods Crossroads. A call alerted him to a medical emergency in the shopping center at the intersection of N.C.51 and Idlewild Road. A husband and wife had arrived in separate cars, pulling in because one car was overheating. That's when the husband, 54-year-old Danny Hucks, went into cardiac arrest.

When Hunt arrived, Randy McKown, an off-duty Mint Hill VFD paramedic, and Katie Pike, an off-duty MEDIC employee, were administering CPR but an ambulance had not yet arrived.

Hunt removed the AED from his trunk, applied the pads, and the machine delivered a shock to Hucks, something the device only does if no pulse is detected.

Huck's heart started beating, the ambulance took him to the hospital and he was able to go home in several weeks.

Hucks says he's very thankful for the AED and Hunt. "If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be here today," said Hucks. At the last Mint Hill town meeting, Police Chief Tim Ledford presented Hunt a Lifesaving Award.

"I think God decided that man needed another day, and he let me be in the right place at the right time," Hunt said.